Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden

TitleSustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadSteve McGrath
Executive AssistantSally Murdoch

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Results of the Classical and other Long-term Experiments

E - Books edited/written by staff member, alone/with others
Macdonald, A. J. Results of the Classical and other Long-term Experiments .

Combining host plant defence with targeted nutrition: key to durable control of hemiparasitic Striga in cereals in sub-Saharan Africa?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Mwangangi, I. M., Buchi, L., Haefele, S. M., Bastiaans, L., Runo, S. and Rodenburg, J. 2021. Combining host plant defence with targeted nutrition: key to durable control of hemiparasitic Striga in cereals in sub-Saharan Africa? New Phytologist. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17271

Relative contributions of bacteria and fungi to nitrous oxide emissions following nitrate application in soils representing different land uses

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Castellano-Hinojosa, A., Le Cocq, K., Charteris, A., Abadie, M., Chadwick, D. R., Clark, I. M., Bedmar, E. J. and Cardenas, L. M. 2021. Relative contributions of bacteria and fungi to nitrous oxide emissions following nitrate application in soils representing different land uses. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 159, p. 105199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibiod.2021.105199

Defining Integrated Weed Management: A Novel Conceptual Framework for Models

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Storkey, J., Helps, J., Hull, R. I., Milne, A. E. and Metcalfe, H. 2021. Defining Integrated Weed Management: A Novel Conceptual Framework for Models. Agronomy. 11 (4), p. 747. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11040747

Modelling the Interactions of Soils, Climate, and Management for Grass Production in England and Wales

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Giannitsopoulos, M. L., Burgess, P. J., Richter, G. M., Bell, M. J., Topp, C. F. E., Ingram, J. and Takahashi, T. 2021. Modelling the Interactions of Soils, Climate, and Management for Grass Production in England and Wales. Agronomy. 11 (4), p. 677. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11040677

Outputs: Potassium Losses from Agricultural Systems

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Goulding, K. W. T. 2021. Outputs: Potassium Losses from Agricultural Systems. in: Murrell, S. T., Mikkelsen, R. L., Sulewski, G., Norton, R. and Thompson, M. L. (ed.) Improving Potassium Recommendations for Agricultural Crops Cham, Switzerland Springer. pp. 75-97

Evolution of secondary inorganic aerosols amidst improving PM2.5 air quality in the North China plain

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, Y., Liu, X, Tang, A., Goulding, K. W. T. and Collett, J. L. 2021. Evolution of secondary inorganic aerosols amidst improving PM2.5 air quality in the North China plain. Environmental Pollution. 281, p. 117027. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117027

Liming impacts barley yield over a wide concentration range of soil exchangeable cations

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Holland, J. E., White, P .J., Thauvin, J. N., Jordan-Meille, L., Haefele, S. M., Thomas, C. L., Goulding, K. W. T. and McGrath, S. P. 2021. Liming impacts barley yield over a wide concentration range of soil exchangeable cations. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10705-020-10117-2

Within-field spatial variability of greenhouse gas fluxes from an extensive and intensive sheep-grazed pasture

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Charteris, A. F., Harris, P., Marsden, K. A., Harris, I. M., Guo, Z., Beaumont, D. A., Taylor, H., Sanfratello, G., Jones, D. L., Johnson, S. C. M., Whelan, M. J., Howden, N., Sint, H. M., Chadwick, D. R. and Cardenas, L. M. 2021. Within-field spatial variability of greenhouse gas fluxes from an extensive and intensive sheep-grazed pasture. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 312, p. 107355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2021.107355

Effects of soil incorporation depth of Biodiesel Co Product (BCP) additions on N leaching losses and on genes involved in soil nitrogen cycling in an acidic Chinese tea soil

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Shen, Q, Song, J., Zhang, K., Voroney, P., Li, J., Xu, J. and Brookes, P. C. 2021. Effects of soil incorporation depth of Biodiesel Co Product (BCP) additions on N leaching losses and on genes involved in soil nitrogen cycling in an acidic Chinese tea soil. Biology And Fertility Of Soils. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00374-021-01558-0

Long-term effect of magnesium and iron nanoparticles on solute transport in saturated condition

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Daraei, E., Bayat, H., Zamani, P. and Gregory, A. S. 2021. Long-term effect of magnesium and iron nanoparticles on solute transport in saturated condition. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/03650340.2021.1896708

Agricultural intensification and climate change have increased the threat from weeds

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Storkey, J., Mead, A., Addy, J. and Macdonald, A. J. 2021. Agricultural intensification and climate change have increased the threat from weeds. Global Change Biology. pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15585

Impact of biochar on nutrient supply, crop yield and microbial respiration on sandy soils of northern Germany

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Knoblauch, C., Priyadarshani, S. H. R., Haefele, S. M., Schroder, N. and Pfeiffer, E-M. 2021. Impact of biochar on nutrient supply, crop yield and microbial respiration on sandy soils of northern Germany. European Journal of Soil Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13088

In quest of nitrogen use efficient rice genotypes for drought-prone rainfed ecosystems

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Karmaker, B., Haefele, S. M., Henry, A., Kabir, M. H., Islam, A. and Biswas, J. C. 2021. In quest of nitrogen use efficient rice genotypes for drought-prone rainfed ecosystems. Frontiers in Agronomy. https://doi.org/10.3389/fagro.2020.607792

Soil spectroscopy with the use of chemometrics, machine learning and pre-processing techniques in soil diagnosis: Recent advances–A review

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Barra, I., Haefele, S. M., Sakrabani, R. and Kebede, F. 2021. Soil spectroscopy with the use of chemometrics, machine learning and pre-processing techniques in soil diagnosis: Recent advances–A review. Trends in Analytical Chemistry - TrAC. 135 (February), p. 116166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trac.2020.116166

Plant Available Zinc Is Influenced by Landscape Position in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Desta, M. K., Broadley, M. R., McGrath, S. P., Hernandez-Allica, J., Hassall, K. L., Gameda. S., Amede. T. and Haefele, S. M. 2021. Plant Available Zinc Is Influenced by Landscape Position in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Plants. 10 (2), p. 254. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10020254

Determination of wheat spike and spikelet architecture and grain traits using X-ray Computed Tomography imaging

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhou, H., Riche, A. B., Hawkesford, M. J., Whalley, W. R., Atkinson, B. S., Sturrock, C. J. and Mooney, S. J. 2021. Determination of wheat spike and spikelet architecture and grain traits using X-ray Computed Tomography imaging. Plant Methods. 17 (article), p. 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-021-00726-5

Inorganic Chemical Fertilizer Application to Wheat Reduces the Abundance of Putative Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Reid, T. E., Kavamura, V. N., Abadie, M., Torres-Ballesteros, A., Pawlett, M., Clark, I. M., Harris, J. and Mauchline, T. H. 2021. Inorganic Chemical Fertilizer Application to Wheat Reduces the Abundance of Putative Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology. 12 (article), p. 642587. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.642587

Effects of Fertilizers and Manures on Temporal Yield Variability of Winter Rye

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Studnicki, M., Macholdt, J., Macdonald, A. J. and Stepien, W. 2021. Effects of Fertilizers and Manures on Temporal Yield Variability of Winter Rye. Agronomy. 11 (3), p. 519. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11030519

Effects of grazing management on spatio-temporal heterogeneity of soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions of grasslands and rangelands: Monitoring, assessment and scaling-up

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, J., Li, Y., Bork, E. W., Richter, G. M., Chen, C., Hamid, S., Shah, H. and Mezbahuddin, S. 2021. Effects of grazing management on spatio-temporal heterogeneity of soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions of grasslands and rangelands: Monitoring, assessment and scaling-up. Journal of Cleaner Production. 288 (article), p. 125737. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125737

Novel integrated agricultural land management approach provides sustainable biomass feedstocks for bioplastics and supports the UK’s ‘net-zero’ target.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ni, Y., Richter, G. M., Mwabonje, O. N., Qi, A., Patel, M. K. and Woods, J. 2021. Novel integrated agricultural land management approach provides sustainable biomass feedstocks for bioplastics and supports the UK’s ‘net-zero’ target. Environmental Research Letters. 16 (article), p. 014023. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abcf79

The interaction between wheat roots and soil pores in structured field soil

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhou, H., Whalley, W. R., Hawkesford, M. J., Ashton, R. W., Atkinson, B., Atkinson, J. A., Sturrock, C. J., Bennett, M. J. and Mooney, S. J. 2021. The interaction between wheat roots and soil pores in structured field soil. Journal of Experimental Botany. 72 (2), pp. 747-756. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/eraa475

Characteristics of soil organic matter within an erosional landscape under agriculture in Northeast China: stock, source, and thermal stability

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, W., Gregory, A. S., Whalley, W. R., Ren, T. and Gao, W. 2021. Characteristics of soil organic matter within an erosional landscape under agriculture in Northeast China: stock, source, and thermal stability. Soil & Tillage Research. 209, p. 104927. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104927

Plant roots sense soil compaction through restricted ethylene diffusion

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Pandey, B. K., Huang, G., Bhosale, R., Hartman, S., Sturrock, C., Jose, L., Martin, O. C., Karady, M., Voesenek, L. A. C. J., Ljung, K., Lynch, J. P., Brown, K. M, Whalley, W. R., Mooney, S. J., Zhang, D. and Bennett, M. J. 2021. Plant roots sense soil compaction through restricted ethylene diffusion. Science . 371 (6526), p. 276–280. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abf3013

Microbial metabolic response to winter warming stabilizes soil carbon

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Tian, J., Zong, N., Harley, I. P., He, N., Zhang, J., Powlson, D. S., Zhou, J., Kuzyakov, Y., Zhang, F., Yu, G. and Dungait, J. A. J. 2021. Microbial metabolic response to winter warming stabilizes soil carbon. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15538

Advances in understanding of nitrogen (N) uptake by plant roots

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Hawkesford, M. J. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. Advances in understanding of nitrogen (N) uptake by plant roots. in: Gregory, P. (ed.) Understanding and improving crop root function UK Burleigh Dodds.

Estimating maximum fine-fraction organic carbon in UK grasslands

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Paterson, K. C., Cloy, J. M., Rees, R. M., Baggs, E. M., Martinea, H., Fornara, D., Macdonald, A. J. and Buckingham, S. 2021. Estimating maximum fine-fraction organic carbon in UK grasslands. Biogeosciences. 18, pp. 605-620. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-605-2021

Stomatal conductance limited the CO2 response of grassland in the last century

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Cabrera, J. C. B., Hirl, R. T., Schaufele, R., Macdonald, A. J. and Schnyder, H. 2021. Stomatal conductance limited the CO2 response of grassland in the last century. BMC Biology. 19 (article), p. 50. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-021-00988-4

Investigating the effect of inoculation of chickpea with rhizobium and mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) on soil mechanical and physical behavior

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Heydari, L., Bayat, H. and Gregory, A. S. 2021. Investigating the effect of inoculation of chickpea with rhizobium and mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) on soil mechanical and physical behavior. Geoderma. 385, p. 114860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114860

Dynamics of soil phosphorus measured by ammonium lactate extraction as a function of the soil phosphorus balance and soil properties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Amery, F., Vandecasteele, B., D'Hose, T., Nawara, S., Elsen, A., Odeurs, W., Vandendriessche, H., Arlotti, D., McGrath, S. P., Cougnon, M. and Smolders, E. 2021. Dynamics of soil phosphorus measured by ammonium lactate extraction as a function of the soil phosphorus balance and soil properties. Geoderma. 385, p. 114855. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114855

The effect of organic carbon content on soil compression characteristics

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Suravi, K., Attenborough, K., Taherzadeh, S., Macdonald, A. J., Powlson, D. S., Ashton, R. W., Suravi, K. N. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. The effect of organic carbon content on soil compression characteristics. Soil & Tillage Research. 209 (May), p. 104975. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2021.104975

Defining the wheat microbiome: towards microbiome-facilitated crop production

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kavamura, V. N., Mendes, R., Bargaz, A. and Mauchline, T. H. 2021. Defining the wheat microbiome: towards microbiome-facilitated crop production. Computational and structural biotechnology journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csbj.2021.01.045

Population responses to observed climate variability across multiple organismal groups

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Le Coeur, C., Storkey, J. and Satu, R. 2021. Population responses to observed climate variability across multiple organismal groups. Oikos. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.07371

A comparison of soil texture measurements using mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIRS) and laser diffraction analysis (LDA) in diverse soils

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Thomas, C. L., Hernandez, J. M. B., Dunham, S. J., McGrath, S. P. and Haefele, S. M. 2021. A comparison of soil texture measurements using mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIRS) and laser diffraction analysis (LDA) in diverse soils. Scientific Reports. 11 (1), p. 16. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79618-y

The potential for soybean to diversify the production of plant-based protein in the UK

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Coleman, K., Whitmore, A. P., Hassall, K. L., Shield, I. F., Semenov, M. A., Dobermann, A., Bourhis, Y., Eskandary, A. and Milne, A. E. 2021. The potential for soybean to diversify the production of plant-based protein in the UK. Science of the Total Environment. 767, p. 144903. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144903

Stability of farm income: The role of agricultural diversity and agri-environment scheme payments

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Harkness, C., Areal, F. J., Semenov, M. A., Senapati, N., Shield, I. F. and Bishop, J. 2021. Stability of farm income: The role of agricultural diversity and agri-environment scheme payments. Agricultural Systems. 187, p. 103009. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2020.103009

Tillage practices affect weeds differently in monoculture vs crop rotation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
MacLaren, C., Labuschagne, J. and Swanepoel, P. A. 2021. Tillage practices affect weeds differently in monoculture vs crop rotation. Soil & Tillage Research. 205, p. 104795. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104795

Artificial neural networks for monitoring network optimisation—a practical example using a national insect survey

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Bourhis, Y., Bell, J. R., Van Den Bosch, F. and Milne, A. E. 2021. Artificial neural networks for monitoring network optimisation—a practical example using a national insect survey. Environmental Modelling and Software. 135, p. 104925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104925

Wheat growth responses to soil mechanical impedance are dependent on phosphorus supply

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, X., Shen, J., Hedden, P., Phillips, A. L., Thomas, S. G., Ge, Y., Ashton, R. W. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. Wheat growth responses to soil mechanical impedance are dependent on phosphorus supply. Soil & Tillage Research. 205, p. 104754. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104754

Predicting the growth of lettuce from soil infrared reflectance spectra: the potential for crop management

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Breure, T. S., Milne, A. E., Webster, R., Haefele, S. M., Hannam, J. A., Moreno-Rojas, S. and Corstanje, R. 2021. Predicting the growth of lettuce from soil infrared reflectance spectra: the potential for crop management. Precision Agriculture. 22, p. 226–248. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11119-020-09739-x